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Virtual Field Trips


For school classes, families, and learning pods who are ready for live-action outdoors…

Explore Minnesota’s ecosystems live with professional naturalists. For each of the Virtual Field Trips listed below, we’ll be outside with our camera and YOU, ready to spark curiosity in and about the outdoors.

Choose one of four featured experiences…..


Animal Signs

How can we use the signs animals leave behind to build a story about what they’re doing? Discover and follow tracks, trails, eat marks, and scat to learn the tales they have to tell. Practice observation skills and learn technical tracking skills. Check out our trail camera to see what has been visiting!


Birds

What tools and techniques help us discover the story of birds here and now? Hike virtually with a naturalist while we wander through a variety of bird habitats. Who lives in each, and why? Explore bird calls, features, identification, and research through seeing a bird banded live.


Forest Ecology

What kind of complexity is in a forest ecosystem and how do humans interact with it? Wander through a variety of forest types taking note of all the organisms that call it home. Compare these environments to those around your home or school and learn what biome you live in. How might the ways you interact with your surroundings impact forests, and what effects so forests have on you?


Lake or Stream Study

What does “healthy” mean for a body of water? Join a Wolf Ridge professional naturalist to collect and analyze water samples from some of Minnesota’s lakes or streams. Which aquatic critters are living there and what they can tell us about the water’s health? Discover what watershed you live in and consider what factors might show that it is healthy or not.

sign up for lake or stream study 


What’s Included

Wolf Ridge Virtual Field Trips feature naturalists skilled in ecology and biology and have a passion for connecting others to their environments. These 30-60 minute interactive live sessions feature multi-media to engage learners deeper in the topic.

Your naturalist will check-in with you about a week before the live class session. Together, we will tailor the experience to your needs. What are your educational and social-emotional goals for your students?  Wolf Ridge will create a rough outline for you, and on the day of the session, off we will go! If you’d like, we can:

  • address state standards
  • offer opportunities for new perspectives
  • feature potential careers in science
  • or simply bring you on a “trip” to a new ecosystem

It’s nature, so our plan may diverge a bit to focus on the eagle soaring along the cliff edge just a few feet above us. We’re guessing that will be part of the fun and learning!


How to Sign Up

Fill out this short questionnaire, and we will contact you within 2 business days to plan your Virtual Field Trip.

Let’s plan a virtual field trip!


Cost

30-40 minutes $200
Limited scholarships or financial assistance based on need may be available.  Please contact us to discuss.